Carrie's Update 4-20-2020

posted Apr 20, 2020, 11:08 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Dear Middle School Family,


If you HAVE COME to pick up Middle school student's  supply/personal belongings bags ALREADY...and you wish to come pick up or drop off an item, please PREARRANGE TO COME on Tuesday, April 21 5-6pm, by contacting India)

If you HAVE NOT COME to pick up Middle school student's  supply/personal belongings bags ALREADY... PLEASE come either Tuesday, April 21 5-6pm or Thursday, April 23 5-7pm to get your supply/personal belonging bags. You *DO NOT* have to pre-arrange to come during either of these times! 

Apparently, the links sent in my last email home were troublesome for a few students.  Students are to continue to use the links sent through Jupiter Ed, or in my original email home.  Please remind your students to be on time. We meet for a very short period. When they show up late, they miss a lot of information in a very short time.  

NOTE: We start Term 6 (the last term of the year) today! Students will not find their continuing assignments in Term 5, because they will be in Term 6.  

Our Science Projects continue this week as students work through the final stages of the scientific method.  Students are to conduct their experiments and turn in completed data tables by Monday (Block I) or Tuesday(Block II) at the latest.  Data analyses and conclusions will be due by W(Block I)/TH(Block II) of this week.  Assignments are in Jupiter Ed, and will be reviewed in more detail in our Zoom meetings.

As usual, assignments are in Jupiter Ed.
The Algebra group will be shifting to a different curriculum, as they are finishing up their book. For now, the other math groups will continue work in their current textbook.

The CC3/Prealgebra group will take a TEST tomorrow. I will post it on Jupiter Ed at about 10 am, and take it down at about 4 pm.  Students must take the test in this window unless excused by a parent. 
By the way, we continue to take attendance in Jupiter Ed.  If students are ill or have appointments, requiring an excused absence from Zoom meetings, parents, please contact us, so that we can maintain accurate attendance records. 

We feel fortunate to continue working with your students for the remainder of the year. It is a relief to feel like we are beginning to settle into our new routine.  As ever, please contact us with questions or to check in about your student.

Warmest Regards,
Carrie and India

ART and PE:

ART from Melanie and Pete
Dear Ridgeline Art students:
Below are some choices for your creating this week. I encourage those who haven't sent us any artwork to send some this week - we really want to see what you're making, even if it's just doodles in your sketchbook! If you're not able to send work because of technical difficulties, let us know and maybe we can troubleshoot your issues. 
We went to Ridgeline yesterday to gather your artworks — that we could identify (many pieces didn't have names - sad face: 😢) and put them into your bags. If there's anything that didn't make it into your bag and you desperately want it, email us a description and we'll see if we can find it. We brought all unidentified work home with us.

Without further ado, this week's choices for making art:
1) Create your own Zoom virtual Backgrounds
2) More critters for the Ridgeline Scranimal & Monster Field Guide
3) Art of your choice
***Please read the helpful hints about photographing your work for art class at the very end of this email.


1) Create your own Zoom virtual backgrounds! 
(We encourage you to try and make as many as you can, the possibilities are endless...)
Create a unique look for your Zoom calls and create your own virtual background pictures. You can do this many, many, many different ways, with any kind of artwork or photography, but this needs to be your own original work.

Some ideas for your inspiration:
  • butterfly wings
  • artwork you're proud of
  • optical illusion art
  • trick photography
  • gradient painting
  • watercolor landscape
  • mandala art
  • geometric patterns

[Don't be like me: I found some photos from the web for demonstration purposes only!] 

Tips and tricks:
  • Create & photograph your artwork in wide LANDSCAPE format (like my photos above)
  • When photographing your artwork, frame it so it will FILL THE SCREEN (no edges showing)
  • Consider making DIGITAL ART on a computer or tablet. Some online drawing tools you can try: 
  • Try to take a screenshot of yourself using the Zoom background and send it to me.
How to add the image to ZOOM:
  • When you open the Zoom app, click your profile photo in the top right corner, and click Settings.
  • On the menu to the left, click Virtual Background.
  • You’ll see a few default background options provided by Zoom, but this is where you can upload a photo to use as your background. Click the + icon next to where it says Choose Virtual Background. A box will pop up allowing you to upload a photo from your computer. Click on the one you want, and it will appear alongside the other pictures as an option for you to choose from.
If you need help with this project please let us know!

2) More Additions to the Ridgeline Scranimal & Monster Field Guide!
(see last week's email for instructions) I will be setting up an online gallery page soon so we can all see each other's work. We have some really funny, cute, and absurd submissions, but those of you who didn't get to the assignment last week (or want to make more) - you can still add to the project! It's a great opportunity to reach out and work with a classmate or friend over zoom or the phone. 

3) Art of your choice!
As always, you are free to choose your own art project. Just remember to send it to us!  Email us if you have any questions, or need suggestions. We would loooove to hear from you!!!!! Also if you want to zoom with us we can do that too. :)

IMPORTANT: We want to be able to see your work!
We have been getting some photos sent to us where it's hard to see the details of your artwork because the picture quality is too poor, or the angle that you took the picture is slanted. Here are some tips on how to photograph your art:
  • make sure the art is well-lit - photograph near a light source or outside
  • place your camera or device directly ABOVE the artwork if photographing on a surface (called "bird's eye view") 
  • or you could hold the work up and someone else could photograph you holding your creation. We miss seeing your faces : 0
  • or you could photograph the work on the wall or refrigerator 
  • lastly - if you are able to change the settings on your device or camera, please choose the HIGHEST QUALITY setting before taking the picture. Otherwise details get blurry in the photo and we can't see them.

Looking forward to seeing your work this week! We love getting your art presents in our Inbox : ) Also, if you have any suggestions for art projects for your class, please let us know!

- Melanie & Pete

PE from Dan
Hello all,
Video Link Message From Dan:

Hope all is well with you, here is your PE lesson for this week! Please let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to hear what you all have been doing. All my best.

Activity Link here: